plantsale.jpgWe are certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to plant sales. These are a great way to get terrific selections of plants for our conditions while supporting local organizations. Here are the ones we know of so far:

Apr 28: North American Rock Garden Society Annual Plant Sale, Denver Botanic Gardens, 9:00 – 5:00

Apr 28: Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo (NRCP) Annual Plant Sale, 9:00 – 2:00
www.natureandraptor.org/SpringPrograms2012.pdf

May 5: Pueblo Zoo and Colorado Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale, 8:00 – 2:00
www.pueblozoo.org/eventsPage.shtml

May 11-13: Denver Botanic Gardens Spring Plant Sale
www.botanicgardens.org/events-exhibits/special-events/spring-plant-sale

May 18-20: Colorado Springs Horticultural Art Society Annual Gigantic Plant Sale, Demonstration Garden, Monument Valley Park (www.hasgardens.org)

May 20: Manitou Springs Garden Club Plant Sale & Home Show, 10:00 – 4:00
www.peakradar.com/event/detail/441591167/Manitou_Springs_Garden_Club_Plant_Sale_Home_Show

May 26-28: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale – pre-order of plants available (through May 21) in addition to the regular sale.
www.cmzoo.org/animalsPlants/plants/horticultureHappenings.asp

Jun 2: Pikes Peak Water Garden Society Plant Sale, Union Printers Home, Colorado Springs, 10:00 – 2:00
www.ppwgs.org/plant_sale/plantsale.php

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Acer saccharum 'Caddo'

Q: At this time of year, I always love to see the beautiful fall colors of the trees in town. Where I grew up, we always had gorgeous sugar maples, but I have heard that they don’t do very well here. Are there any maples that do well here and have great fall color?

A: When picturing a beautiful maple tree in its autumn foliage, many people (just as you did) immediately think of the fiery orange-red sugar maples (Acer saccharum), that they see in pictures of New England. You are right. Most sugar maples do not thrive in our arid growing conditions. They prefer a bit more moisture and acidic soil. However, don’t let that discourage you from considering a maple. If you choose an appropriate variety, a maple can be a gorgeous tree in your landscape. (more…)

After a year’s hiatus, we’re excited to announce that the popular Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region class series is back for Fall 2010! These classes are taught by Colorado Master Gardeners (the El Paso County program will be reopened on Sep 1, 2010…see previous post about the closure).

To register, download the complete detailed schedule and registration instructions.

Here is a quick overview of the schedule: (more…)

Some popular spring plant sales are quickly coming up in our area. These are great places to get plants suited to our area and to bring your gardening questions.

If you know of others, please feel free to comment on this article and give the information there.

May 8 – Hummingbird Festival at Starsmore Discovery Center (North Cheyenne Canon Park). In the past, this has included a sale of plants that attract hummingbirds (no official word yet on the sale this year). Visit www.tfocc.org for more info as the event draws closer. (more…)

crocus.jpgThis is the time of year that people start to ask us about local seminars, classes, and resources for gardening in our area. While we’ve lost our local Master Gardener program for a bit in El Paso County, there are other places new gardeners can look for help.

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens classes
This terrific program offers a series of classes throughout the year which are free for hopeful new veggie gardeners. Learn more about what’s coming up at www.ppugardens.org (more…)